Dear New Zealand: Your loss, our gain.
Signed North America.
According to writer Evan Osnos, preppers from Silicon Valley and New York are getting ready for the “crackup of civilization.”
One American hedge-fund manager who owns two New Zealand homes told Osnos he expected at least a decade of political turmoil in the United States. PayPal co-founder and Facebook investor Peter Thiel also owns property there, and has described New Zealand as “utopia.”
Osnos said it’s unclear exactly how many wealthy Americans are buying property in New Zealand with the apocalypse in mind, while many just want a holiday home there. However, the amount of land they have purchased in the last few years has increased dramatically, he added.
Statistics showed foreigners had bought over 3500 square kilometers of New Zealand in the first ten months of 2016, which is over four times as much as they did in the same period in 2010.
LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman told The New Yorker that New Zealand had become the hot topic among Silicon Valley leaders lately.
“Saying you’re ‘buying a house in New Zealand’ is kind of a wink, wink, say no more. Once you’ve done the Masonic handshake, they’ll be, like, ‘Oh, you know, I have a broker who sells old ICBM silos, and they’re nuclear-hardened, and they kind of look like they would be interesting to live in.”
Hoffman estimated that over half of the Silicon Valley insiders were into preparedness – especially since anti-elite sentiment has risen around the globe in recent years. It was intensified by events like Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, he added.
According to the NY article, in the seven days after Trump’s election, 13,401 Americans registered with New Zealand’s immigration authorities, which is the first step toward seeking residency. The number was “more than seventeen times the usual rate.”
Meanwhile, the growing foreign appetite for New Zealand has already generated resentment. The Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa—the Maori name for New Zealand—opposes the sell-out to foreigners, particularly to American survivalists.
In a discussion about New Zealand on prepper website Modern Survivalist, one of the commentators wrote, “Yanks, get this in your heads. Aotearoa NZ is not your little last resort safe haven.”
Grand theft avocado?
Avocados are selling for between NZ$4-6 each (£2-3) across the country, after a poor season last year and increasing local demand.
In Australia and New Zealand massive fires and heavy rains wiped out avocado crops, causing a shortage of the delicious fruit.
The recent thefts have taken place in the middle of the night, with the crop either “raked” from the tree and collected in blankets or sheets on the ground, or hand-picked and driven away to pop-up road-side stalls, grocery stores or small-scale sushi, fruit and sandwich shops.
Last month a 200g avocado cost $4.48 on average, compared to $1.64 in May 2015.
Over Queen’s Birthday weekend about 350 avocados were stolen from an orchard on Capamagian Dr in the Athenree area.
Waihi police Sergeant Aaron Fraser said police have one suspect in mind.
“There is someone making a living of stealing avocados and selling them on to the black market.”
“Anything that is going to make them money, they are going to hook on to.”
Police believe the culprit went into the orchard in darkness and spent hours plucking fruit from the trees.
“They must have spent a few hours there taking fruit off the trees, loading them into his own car. We are not sure if he parked the car down the driveway or kept it on the side of the orchard.”
“We believe it’s a man who resides in the eastern Waikato area, in relation to these ones [thefts], but it does happen all over the show.”
He was likely on-selling the fruit to markets or smaller stores and dairies in the area, Fraser said.
“He turns up with a few crate loads of avocados, they probably think he’s an orchardist.”
The CEO of New Zealand Avocado, Jen Scoular, assured the public that the current growing season has proven to be a bumper one for farmers, and with newly harvested fruit entering the market in the coming weeks, she expects the street value of black market avocados to plummet.
“It’s an easy way to make a quick buck, but I don’t think we are dealing with a sophisticated or highly organized operation here, more opportunistic,” she told The Guardian.
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Boycott tourism in NZ: More fluorides? Bye bye.
by Jon Rappoport
May 1, 2016
Recently, I’ve written several articles about toxic fluorides (archive: here). The case is clear: cancer, lower IQ, other varieties of severe damage.
I became aware of a group in New Zealand, Fluoride Free NZ. They’ve had remarkable success working with local communities to ban fluorides in water supplies.
But now, in response, the New Zealand government has decided to make fluoridation a federal issue and take choice out of the hands of locals. Predictable. Tyrannical. The usual.
“We’ll fluoridate everybody, and there’s nothing you can do about it. We rule, you obey.”
So I suggested people should write to the tourism authority in New Zealand. You know—“Hi, guess what? My money isn’t coming to your country. More fluorides? I’m not traveling to your paradise.”
This is the best contact address I’ve been able to come up with so far:
Associate Minister of Tourism
p (dot) bennett (at) ministers (dot) govt (dot) nz
Jump in. Go for it. Send a message.
A reader emailed me the letter he just wrote:
Dear Tourism New Zealand executive staff,
My name is Michael Blanshan. I am a naturopathic doctor in New Mexico, U.S.A. Years ago a group of friends and I were discussing New Zealand and all it has to offer as a country. Many of our group travelled to New Zealand and two families moved there, one to Nelso and one to Christchurch. These were good families with children and much to offer their local communities, not retirees looking for a country in which to retire.
In my own travels I often run into New Zealanders (aka kiwis). They are generally great travelers, good people, kind, open-minded, intelligent, and generally fun. The very spirit of New Zealand which most kiwis embody seems to me to serve as New Zealand’s best advertising.
Being a naturopath, I am keenly aware of the history of the fluoridation of drinking water, those who promoted this policy, their motivations for doing so, and the forms of pressure they use to continue the policy despite compelling scientific opposition. A local organization in New Zealand calling itself Fluoride Free NZ has worked tirelessly with communities to educate them on this issue. They worked diligently and the majority of those communities have chosen not to fluoridate their local water supplies. In response to this group’s effectiveness, the NZ federal government is now acting to take the decision making authority away from local councils and communities and put the power into the hands of District Health Boards (DHB), who are under the direct control of Central Government.
This action has profound implications, though it may seem inconsequential to you, especially considering that you are a department for tourism. Though I stated that the people of New Zealand are its best feature, this is a black mark on New Zealand as a country. It points to a corruption of your federal government and its purported goals of serving its people. To the contrary, the government is showing that it has a will of its own and that it acts in the interests of other parties.
The policy of fluoridation originated in the U.S.A. in the 1940s. Many European countries have rejected this policy, knowing it was not about health but rather that it was the result of corrupt influences. For the New Zealand government to force this policy shows that they’re not interested in science or the natural rights of the people and worse, that the New Zealand government is caving to pressure from either American or UK interests.
Please understand that the irony of an American writing about corruption in government does not escape me. Educated Americans know all too well the workings and techniques of a dictatorship which presents itself as a democracy. It is as a result of the extreme corruption of the leadership of Western countries that we look to New Zealand and still see it to be a land of free individuals who can run their local communities as they like.
If the New Zealand federal government goes ahead with this decision, I personally will not visit New Zealand in the future. If any of my friends or clients discuss the possibility of travelling to New Zealand, I will do my best to dissuade them. Potential visitors to New Zealand should know that all is not well in paradise and that behind the scenes you have the same dictatorship we see in the West. Despite all its physical beauty I still contend that the best part about New Zealand is its people. If the people of New Zealand are forced to stand in the shadow cast by a dictatorial federal government, something vital and essential will have been lost.
Thank you, Michael.
Thank you, Fluoride Free NZ, for showing the way.
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Et tu New Zealand? Come on, stop this ignorant stupidity, get your head out of the USA’s butt, and think for yourselves!
Pot is in short supply in New Zealand and prices are up following its growing popularity and a large police seizure of plants.
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by Christina Sarich
Posted on March 20, 2016
The marijuana plant seems to have gained such popularity in New Zealand that the country is facing a pot shortage, but it isn’t just because stoners like to get high. Earlier this month, police seized 9000 plants in an annual aerial operation, which affected both outdoor and indoor growing of the highly-desired flowering herb.
It’s understandable that cannabis would be so desired. There are more than 475 natural chemical compounds in marijuana, including over 80 medicinal cannabinoids. The two most well-known cannabinoids are THC and CBD, both well-known for having extremely beneficial effects for health.
New Zealand measures up with the US for global rankings of cannabis consumption, but crack-downs by the federal government there have left many marijuana users without a single plant.
A local writer in New Zealand called the situation, “catastrophic.” In the same article, the writer described the local reaction to the combined air and police force seizure:
“On Stuff, Twitter, the Herald and even Reddit, reactions ranged from ‘what a waste of money’ through to ‘what a waste of money’, with many pointing out the irony of engaging the services of the Royal New Zealand Air Force to bust weed growers, when it was simultaneously revealed that more than 150 burglaries a day currently go unsolved by police.”
Marijuana is easily New Zealand’s most desired illegal product, but no matter what the cause for the shortage – police action, gang warfare, bad weather, or even the growth cycle of the plant – there simply isn’t enough cannabis in NZ.
Due to the shortage, consumers are paying up to five times the normal price for a gram-and-a-half. Prices for an ounce are up 30 percent, with quality falling considerably. For recreational users, it’s a downer, but for medicinal users, the problem is possibly more disastrous.
A cannabis consumer told the Guardian:
“I haven’t had problems sourcing it for the last 14 years.”
But due to the current shortage, he was forced to seek out prescription anti-depressants.
Possession of any amount of cannabis is illegal in New Zealand.
Perhaps New Zealanders can catch a flight to neighboring Australia. Word on the street says the country just legalized medical cannabis. A recently discovered loophole in the laws for overseas patients also allows a patient to bring a month’s supply into the country.
The Australian federal government has stated that they have no plans to close the loophole.
The TPP agreement, hailed as the “biggest trade deal in a generation,” was signed in a ceremony attended by ministers from the 12 Pacific Rim countries at Auckland’s Sky City Casino, to the dislike of hundreds of protesters.
Another large group sat down at the end of Hobson Street, blocking entrances and exits to the southern and north-western motorway, while another group stopped traffic at the Fanshawe Street entrance and exit to the Northern Motorway. Police have warned demonstrators to move out or face arrests but have refrained from coercive action.
The signing of the TPP went ahead anyways, to the uproar of a crowd of more than 1,000 people. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said he is “delighted” with the deal, telling the attendees that the agreement “will enhance the prosperity of our people.”
“New Zealand is proud to be involved in this whole process… I want to acknowledge the courage and vision of my fellow TPP leaders,” he said.
Earlier this week, acknowledging global opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) because of the agreement’s “undemocratic pedigree,“Alfred de Zayas, the UN’s independent expert on the promotion of democratic and equitable international order, said the trade agreement “is fundamentally flawed and should not be signed or ratified unless provision is made to guarantee the regulatory space of States.”
Hey Doc, you live there, what is going on?
A number of people have been injured during a series of vampire-like biting attacks on New Zealand’s North Island.
Over the past two days, a woman was accused of biting a man’s neck so hard, her teeth cut through an artery, while another woman was arrested after allegedly chomping on a woman’s ear.
Stuff.co.nz reports the two incidents on Saturday and early Sunday were unrelated.
“It was a fight between three females and during the fight one of the females has bitten another one’s ear and drawn blood. She hasn’t bitten it off, but quite badly so she needed some medical attention,” a Hawke’s Bay District Command Centre spokesman said of the first incident.
A few hours later, police were called to a separate biting attack at a pub in Napier, New Zealand.
Officers said a woman became involved in a brawl at The Thirsty Whale and bit a man on the neck.
The man lost so much blood, he was taken to a hospital in serious condition, the Hawke’s Bay District Command Centre spokesman said.
“She obviously got the right spot.”
Thirsty Whale bar owner Chris Sullivan said the fight took place in the early hours of Sunday.
“We’ve never seen these people before, they’re certainly not locals,” he said.
“It’s a very nice area. We’re a restaurant, we do have a dance floor on a Saturday night, but we have nice people … people having a great time. But a couple that night clearly didn’t.”
Earlier in the week, another person was bitten during a family violence incident.
“It is a little bit weird,” the police spokesman said.
Article via News.com.au
Comment: Certainly New Zealand isn’t the only place to be experiencing such bizarrely violent behavior. Over the past few years we’ve heard other stories from around the world that resemble this one. So what’s happening??